- - Thursday, January 14, 2016

Seven Republican presidential hopefuls made their case for the nation’s top job during the sixth prime-time GOP debate from North Charleston, South Carolina, on Thursday night.

Fireworks came fast and furious, and some candidates fared far better than others. Here is how The Washington Times saw it:

WINNERS

Ted Cruz: With their fake friendship on the rocks, Mr. Cruz, a favorite of tea partyers and religious conservatives, held his own in the escalating feud with Donald Trump, his top rival ahead of the Feb. 1 Iowa caucuses.

Donald Trump: “The Donald” has taken conventional wisdom, crumpled it up into a ball and whipped it off the forehead of the GOP establishment, his rivals and the rest of the political universe. Nothing changed last night.

Marco Rubio: Mr. Rubio came off as sensible and less of a firebrand than Mr. Cruz, which could help him consolidate the more moderated-minded elements of the party behind his candidacy. He was laser-focused on bashing President Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.


SEE ALSO: AP FACT CHECK: Claims from the Republican debate


Chris Christie: With another solid debate performance, the New Jersey governor is rising toward the top tier of candidates when it matters most. Got one of the best lines with his curt “you blew it, Marco” dismissal.

HELD THEIR OWN

Jeb(!) Bush: The former Florida governor wants voters to believe that he is best prepared to take on Donald Trump, the schoolyard bully. He mounted his best defense yet against the billionaire, but his awkwardness keeps holding him back.

LOSERS

Ben Carson: The thrill appears to be gone. Mr. Carson had to do something to inject new energy into his campaign. He didn’t.

John Kasich: Ran with his cranky routine. Not a good look.

All the participants in the totally overlooked and quickly forgotten 6 p.m. undercard debate: Mike Huckabee, Carly Fiorina and Rick Santorum. And Rand Paul gets a big “L” for skipping the event altogether after missing the cut for the prime-time debate.

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